If you didn't hear Goldie Taylor tell this amazing part of her family history on the Rachel Maddow show (MSNBC), you missed a beautifully most pointed story of what it means (and has meant for over 300yrs) to be an African in America! Let me suggest you find the video of Goldie and listen to her strong, solid and moving delivery of this real life African in America story!

 

 

 

 

"Show Me Your Papers"

 
Major Blackard, then just 19 years old, dug into his trousers in search of his wallet.  He padded his jacket, but could not find his billfold.

“Sir, I done left my wallet…” Blackard said.  Before he could finish his sentence, the young man was posted against the brick wall, cuffed and taken to the St. Louis city jail. Unable to prove his identity, he would spend the next 21 days in a cramped, musty cell.  That’s where his older brother Matt found him, beaten and bloodied.  Matt returned with Major’s employer later that day, wallet and identification card in hand, to post bond.

The year was 1899. Major Blackard was my great, great grandfather.

The real crime, as Pulitzer Prize winning author Doug Blackmon points on in his seminal work Slavery by Any Other Name, was that my grandfather was a colored man in America.

 

Read the complete article at: GoldieTaylor.com

 


It is not over yet, so keep yours handy!

President Barack Obama's long form Hawaii birth certificate

 

Try to research information on the instrument of "Live Birth" or Birth Certificate and Maritime Law. It will help shed a little more light on why the wealthy and socially corrupt may think this is so criticle for the survival of this nation as they see it!

You can start here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHGpY5zWsE8&feature=player_embed...

 

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Comment by Lydell Jackson on April 28, 2011 at 6:58pm

@ Ty and Gregory - I agree with you both about our historical trauma as a people and the insistance on status quoe for the racist attack on our personal humanity. We know the beast well. The question is what do we do to stop it?

 

I have just begun to realize how important state/local/community politics are to the process of positive change. We should be addressing these issues and having conversations in our local communities as well as on a state and national level. Encouraging our neighbors, friends, family, work associates and everyone we meet to engage in real discussions about the issue of race in America and the world. Sites like Living Legacy Journal could help funnel that energy so that it is not so scattered. Using the group "Racism" and the information already posted there could generate much needed insight and a format for many discussions that may lead to real solutions. Please feel free to direct people to the site and the groups that apply.

 

Like Ty I also hope the President will use his status to help us reslove this plague of an issue that has stained all nations. In the mean time we must do our part. Another opportunity to address this on a local and personal level will be on May 16th, when the documentary premiere of "Freedom Riders" will air on PBS. I say, gather people in your community and your churches (Black and White) to watch this film. The trailer alone speaks volumes about the state of this nation then and now! It could be the timing is right for us to begin to heal this severe wound to America's collective conscience.

 

I'm not an "Polly Anna" kinda guy...so I know that there will always be those who will attempt to dehumanize people whom they have no desire to get to know (or see as equal). My concern is not only with them but with those who claim to be loving humans and sit back on their a**es and say or do little but talk about the problem and how bad it is. On the welcome page of Living Legacy Journal is a quote..."A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle."  If we are going to achieve any real elements of change we can't be sitting by idle! We must act on the things we know to be true and right in the eyes of God and humanity. There are those who by their actions place themselves outside true humanity (in the words of one of the greatest prophets..."you will know the tree by it's fruits"...)

 

I live in a fairly large neighborhood and I have already started inviting people to my place to view and discuss "Freedom Riders" and make suggestions on what we all can do as indiviuals and as a community to make a difference. I hope you will do the same. Take advantage of every opportunity to put forth positive energy into the universe and it will return with results when you least expect it. Though we are separated by territories we all are connected in spirit to each other and the planet we call home (UBUNTU).

Comment by Gregory E. Woods "Dawn Wolf" on April 28, 2011 at 4:49pm
Before I venture into exploring the meaning of the term 'Live Birth' and Maritime Law l must express my dismay, disappoinment, and weariness around the subject of President Obama's birth certificate.

The insistence of degrading Black men is a deep cultural pastime at every level of American society. This whole charade was too close to watching a Black man dragged behind a moving vehicle. It is just like the policing of Blacks in South Africa's days of apartheid, or the 'nigger laws' imposed on colored folks who sought to vote in the deep South. Constantly being asking Black men to prove themselves is a sadistic pleasure many white Americans never cease to relish, and embellish.

 

My baby brother married a white woman some years ago, and said something very profound for her to contemplate. “Tara, if you marry me you lose the luxury of a first impression.” – Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories
Comment by Ty Gray-EL on April 28, 2011 at 10:36am

The shame of America is that it would treat its 44th President the same as Major Blackard. It would throw him in a cell and beat him to a bloody pulp if he had not shown his 'papers.' 

I don't see how America can heal from this ugly cancer eating at its heart without addressing it. I pray this President will face this issue so that we can attempt to heal. Our country is inhabited by millions of Goldie Taylor's who are profoundly affected by the vestiges of slavery and the crimes of Jim Crow. Our people need to dialog extensively on the pain of being considered less than human and being treated like animals in a land that professes to be free and just. 

We must deal with the fact there's an element in this country that will always consider us as 3/5 of a human being. There are those who deep down in their psyche can never accept that we are capable of governing ourselves, much less leading the world. WE MUST DEAL WITH THIS! We must have dialog around this. We must face this as a fact, work through it and come up with solutions to remedy this nationwide illness. Cancers don't heal themselves untreated, they only fester and grow...

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